In Lithuania banned broadcasting of Russian TV channel RT (formerly Russia Today).
The corresponding decision was made on 8 July, the Lithuanian Commission on radio and television, reported on its website.
The head of the Commission mantas Martisius explained that this decision was taken because of Russian propagandist Dmitry Kiselev, who controls the RT. Martisius reminded that Kiselev was included in the list of persons against whom the EU imposed sanctions for its role “in supporting Russian propaganda launched in may 2014 annexation of Crimea and ongoing military activities of Russia in the East and South-East of Ukraine.”
Agency Baltic News Servic noted that the ban came into force on 9 July.
Martisius stressed that the decision to stop the broadcast made precisely because of the sanctions against Kiselyov, and not because of violations on the part of the channel.
In addition to direct TV channel RT on the territory of Lithuania was broadcast four channels, which belong to the group RT: RT HD, RT Spanish, and RT Documentary RT Documentary HD. All of them have banned the broadcasting.
June 30, broadcasting the seven channels of the RT – RT, RT HD, RT Arabic, RT Spanish, RT Documentary HD, RT Documentary, RT TV – banned in Latvia for similar reasons. The national regulator noted that these media are “under effective control” Kiselyov, who imposed sanctions.
After Latvia introduced the ban in Estonia said they approve of the actions of the neighboring country. Foreign Minister of Estonia Urmas Reinsalu said in a comment to Delfi 6 July, Tallinn will analyze the effectiveness of such measures.
On 9 July the speaker of the Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova condemned the steps of the Baltic countries. At the briefing, the transcript of which is published in the press-service Agency, she accused Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia “in cynical violation of international obligations in the field of media freedom”.
Ukraine’s broadcasting RT banned from 2014.